It happens every year and sometimes, I hate it. I get bombarded with renewal notices for a plethora of outdoor publications. Yeah, I know. It is my fault, and no one else's. But I truly enjoy reading outdoor publications. They are loaded with valuable content, and the information provided is really informative. I enjoy reading articles about the things I enjoy, and the tips and techniques shared by other hunting, camping, and fishing enthusiasts are really a fantastic help to other people. I guess I have another addiction.

At one time, I probably had subscriptions to more than 20 publications, but with the real life "costs of living," I had to reconsider where I spent my money. (Trust me, retirement is fun, but it doesn’t pay as much.) When I first subscribed to some of these publications, they were somewhere close to $4 per year for 12 issues, and of course, at that time, I was still working for Chrysler Corporation. Before I realized it, I was subscribing to almost every outdoor publication available. That was too much. (I would never admit that to my wife though.)

Most of my subscriptions expire right after the first of the year, so I start receiving expiration notices in November and December, and I tell the wife, "Go ahead and renew this one, renew that one, etc." The problem that appears is you can renew for one year, two years, or some for three years. Many of these were renewed for three years, but they continue to send me notices, stating, "This is your last issue" or "Renew now for a great savings." As much as I hate to admit it, it is becoming difficult to keep track of how many more publications are left before expiration. Getting old sucks!

I am not trying to place blame, but I often have wondered if the publishing companies "fudge" a little bit just to keep publication revenue coming in. A couple of the magazines I did not renew contacted me and offered a huge discount for being a "valuable subscriber," and they "didn’t want me to miss out on issues and contests" and offered me another discount prize on subscribing today, right now. They would bill me later and send me a bonus calendar if I agreed to renew.

I dislike receiving those robocalls on the telephone, and it has reached the point where magazines are getting close to reaching that same point. If you add up a subscription rate of $10, $12, $15 and up, it soon mounts up. Even now, I have to mow yards, shovel snow, cash in my pop bottles, and write a bunch of articles just to keep up with my addication to outdoor publications. But hey, like they always say, "You can't take it with you." And at the rate I am going, I can't afford to go anyway. What's this? A new outdoor hunting magazine just out, and look at the advertising. And they have great writers. Hey, Diana, write a check for this one, and send it in right away. And the story goes on and on and on! I suppose if I didn't spend my money on these publications, my wife would spend it on crazy things like food, clothing, and paying bills.